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Scientists detect signal from ‘cosmic dawn,’ when stars first lit up the universe

For the first time, scientists have detected a signal from “cosmic dawn” — the moment when the universe's earliest stars emerged.<p>The signal, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, is little more than a blip in the radio echo of that ancient era, as difficult to detect as the wingbeat of a …

Dark Matter

The dreaming brain may provide scientists with a never-before-seen window into consciousness

If you've seen the movie "Get Out," you're probably familiar with "the Sunken Place." If not, here's a quick summary: The main character, Chris (played by Daniel Kaluuya), gets hypnotized by his girlfriend's mother, Missy (played by Catherine Keener). By methodically stirring her tea, Missy lands …

11 common traits of highly intelligent people

Some users claim to know from personal experience (so humble); others are just taking an educated guess.<p>As it turns out, many users gave answers that researchers would agree with.<p>We pulled eleven of the most intriguing Quora responses and explained the science behind them. Here's what we learned.<p>1. …

Can you boost your brain power by making yourself ambidextrous?

Lots of companies offer ambidexterity training that promises to improve cognitive power. But research shows there could be risks<p>Could learning to write with both hands make your brain sharper and more speedy? Could training schoolchildren to use their non-dominant hands improve their exam results? …

The Brain

Scientists Just Invented the Neural Lace

In the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks, futuristic post-humans install devices on their brains called a “neural lace.” A mesh that grows with your …

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The</b> …

Non-fiction

How did we miss Planet 9? — Bob McDonald

While scientists are excited about the latest evidence of a new planet beyond Pluto, actually seeing it will be more difficult than spotting galaxies …

Why the placebo effect is getting stronger

The placebo effect is strange—and it’s getting stranger. A sugar pill—if not revealed to the patient—can sometimes heal. Over the past two decades, a lot of clinical trials are showing that the sugar pill’s effects are getting stronger.<p>In a new study, published in the journal Pain, researchers …

Medicine

3 Genetically Skinny Guys Tell You How They Packed On Huge Amounts Of Muscle

Their methods may just work for you—genes be damned<p>Scientists have recently made some outstanding discoveries—like a black hole that’s 12 billion times bigger than our sun and a brand-new species of human ancestor that lived more than 2.5 million years ago.<p>But skinny guys everywhere are still …

Physicists say energy can be teleported ‘without a limit of distance’

A team of physicists has proposed a way of teleporting energy over long distances. The technique, which is purely theoretical at this point, takes …

The Young Turks on Twitter: "Two men said that they were inspired by @realDonaldTrump to beat and urinate on a homeless Latino man. http://t.co/XhAiM4ZTE7"

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Turn any television in your house into a huge touchscreen with this $130 gadget

The way we interact with screens has changed drastically over the past few decades. We rarely go more than a day without touching the display of a …

Hawking: Info Can Escape Black Holes

Powerful phenomena are kicking stars out of our galaxy at speeds of over 1 million miles per hour

Stars are built with the lightest elements in the Universe, hydrogen and helium, but they contain an incomprehensible amount of mass. Our Sun is made of 2 x 10^30 kgs of stuff. That's a 2 followed by 30 zeros. That's 330,000 times more stuff than the Earth.<p>You would think it'd be a bit of challenge …

I Asked Atheists How They Find Meaning In A Purposeless Universe

If there's no afterlife or reason for the universe, how do you make your life matter? Warning: The last answer may break your heart.<p>"The way I find meaning is the way that most people find meaning, even religious ones, which is to get pleasure and significance from your job, from your loved ones, …

Twitter Video

Backwards Time Travel Would Create Spooky, Self-Annihilating Twins

It's a common trope in science-fiction novels: Astronauts travel back in time by zooming through space at speeds faster than light (usually getting …

Turing Phone first look: a focus on security, inside and out

Security-focused Android phones have been popping up left and right over the years, but they always leave us wanting more. Today we’re looking at a device that truly takes a different approach and gives us a unique addition to the Android ecosystem. Enter the Turing Phone, a smartphone promising a …

11 Science Fiction Concepts NASA Wants to Make Reality

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, carefully selects participants from a broad range of studies and grants them each $100,000 to …

What are the limits of human vision?

From spotting galaxies millions of light years away to perceiving invisible colours, Adam Hadhazy explains why your eyes can do incredible things.<p>Take a look around the room – what do you see? All those colours, the walls, the windows – everything seems so self-evident, just so there. It's weird to …

Universe

Hornet Tor alternative for high-speed anonymous browsing revealed

A group of researchers have designed an alternative to the Tor network capable of blinding speeds.<p>Academics have developed a Tor network alternative …

NASA Scientists Make Incredible Discovery in Pluto’s ‘Heart’: ‘We’re Still Trying to Understand’

NASA scientists on Tuesday announced that they had made a new discovery in Pluto’s “heart”: a large mountain range.<p>Located next to Pluto’s Tombaugh Regio, a bright, heart-shaped region, experts said the icy mountains appear to be “less lofty” than the peaks discovered last week.<p>Image source: …

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